ITU’s Triathlon Elite in Pontevedra, Spain for European Championships

Vancouver, 23 June 2011 – The top four ranked triathletes in the ITU’s premiere series will go head-to-head in the 2011 ETU Triathlon European Championships in Pontevedra, Spain this
weekend.

The Dextro Energy Triathlon ITU World Championship Series leader and defending champion Alistair Brownlee (GBR), series runner-up Alexander Brukhankov (RUS), 2010 ITU World Champion Javier Gomez (ESP) and 2010 ITU Sprint Triathlon World
Champion Jonathan Brownlee (GBR) are set to compete in the men’s
showdown.

The women’s field will be very close with emerging talents such as Emmie Charayron (FRA), Carole Peon (FRA), Ainhoa Murua (ESP), Helle Frederiksen (DEN) and Aileen Morrison (IRL) vying for the European
title.

About the race:

Pontevedra, a western coastal city of Spain, which first appeared in the ITU race calendar in 2008 as host of the ITU Triathlon Premium European Cup. It has hosted that event for the past three years. Last
year in Athlone, Ireland, the European titles went to Alistair Brownlee, who edged out his rival Gomez by 40 seconds, and Nicola Sprig (SUI).

The Team Triathlon event will be held the following Sunday afternoon. The European Championships have a long history with the 4 x mixed, super-sprint relay triathlon, and the International Triathlon Union is bidding to have the format included at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

SCHEDULE: 

Elite Women – Saturday, June 25 – 12:30 p.m. (UTC/GMT +2) Click here for time in your area

Elite Men – Saturday, June 25 – 7:00 p.m. (UTC/GMT +2) Click here for time in your area 

Elite Team – Sunday, June 26 – 3:30 p.m. (UTC/GMT +2) Click here for time in your area 

 

STORIES TO WATCH
FOR:

ITU’s top ranked men – Seven of the top 10 ranked
triathletes in the Dextro Energy Triathlon ITU World Championship Series
standings will be lined up, including the top four: Alistair Brownlee (GBR), Alexander Brukhankov (RUS), Javier Gomez (ESP) and Jonathan Brownlee (GBR). Other top-10 athletes include Dmitry Polyansky (RUS), David Hauss (FRA) and Laurent Vidal (FRA), ranked sixth, seventh and ninth
respectively.

The Brownlees – The first question this weekend is who could beat the unstoppable defending champion Alistair Brownlee
of Great Britain. The 2009 world champion won rounds two and three of
the Dextro Energy Triathlon ITU World Championship Series in Madrid and
Kitzbühel, Austria, this month. His younger brother Jonathan could be
the one to overcome him, as he was the runner-up in Madrid, keeping up
with Alistair until a few hundred meters from the finish line.
Jonathan finished in second in the series opener in Sydney ahead of his
brother, who slipped running on the wet road and came in disappointing
29th. This weekend will be the third time the Brownlees clash this
season.

Gomez to go for gold on home turf – 2010 world champion Javier Gomez
has never missed the podium in Pontevedra and claimed the top spot
twice at the ITU Triathlon Premium European Cup in 2008 and 2010. He won
the season opener in Sydney, finishing ahead of the indomitable
Brownlees. However, less than two months later in Madrid, it was the
Brownlees’ turn to cross ahead of Gomez, who came in third. Crowds of
more than 30,000 are
expected to show up to back the local hero.

Close competition in women’s field – Team France will send 21-year-old Emmie Charayron
(FRA), ranked 12th in the series standings. Charayron was the surprise
bronze medallist at the Dextro Energy Triathlon ITU World Championship
Madrid in 2010 and 2011. Her teammate Carole Peon (FRA), ranked 15th, took silver at the last
European championships and finished fourth at the series opener in Sydney. Other contenders to watch include Ainhoa Murua (ESP), Zurine Rodriguez (ESP), Marina Damlaimcourt (ESP), Helle Frederiksen (DEN), Aileen Morrison (IRL), Jodie Stimpson (GBR) and Melanie Annaheim (SUI).

WEBSITES:

Event homepage: www.triathlonpontevedra.org

ETU homepage: europe.triathlon.org

ITU homepage: www.triathlon.org 

START LISTS:
Women
Men
Team

LIVE
COVERAGE:

Follow @triathlonlive on Twitter for live updates on race
day.

TOTAL PRIZE MONEY:

60,000
EUR

COURSE PROFILE:

Swim РTwo-lap, 1.5k swim in L̩rez River

Bike – Eight-lap, 40k leg including two old, iconic bridges

Run – Four-lap, 10k run in the city’s historic streets

PAST EUROPEAN CHAMPIONS:

            
WOMEN                           MEN

2010    
Nicola Spirig (SUI)              Alistair Brownlee (GBR)

2009    
Nicola Spirig (SUI)              Javier Gomez (ESP)

2008    
Vanessa Fernandes (POR)   Frederic
Belaubre (FRA)

PAST PONTEVEDRA (ITU PREMIUM EUROPEAN CUP)
WINNERS:

             WOMEN                            MEN 

2010    
Jodie Swallow (GBR)           Javier Gomez (ESP)

2009    
Radka Vodickova (RUS)      Dmitry
Polyansky (RUS)

2008     Kathrin Muller (GER)          
Javier Gomez (ESP)

 

 

Karl Hayes

Head of Rest and Recovery

Karl is a keen age group triathlete who races more than he trains. Good life balance! Karl works in the media industry in Australia and is passionate about the sport of triathlon.